Sustainability Summit

posted Oct 22, 2013, 10:27 AM by Alexis Petri   [ updated Dec 5, 2013, 3:34 PM ]

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On January 13 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, KC-BANCS is hosting part two of our Sustainability Summit. We are hoping to gather a group of 15 – 20 people to think with us about the last year of KC-BANCS.  Dr. Joe Seabrooks, President, MCC Penn Valley, will facilitate both sessions.

The Sustainability Summit is a two-part meeting with the following objectives:

  • Share evidence-based, promising practices from KC-BANCS with collaborating partners
  • Determine how to use KC-BANCS last year to strategically support projects hosted at collaborating partner organizations that resonate with the goals of KC-BANCS
  • Identify the resources and supports within KC communities and partner organizations so that we help transition those who have participated in our programs the past four years

The Sustainability Summit will be held at the Institute for Human Development, 215 W. Pershing Road, 6th Floor, in the Bowman Room. To RSVP please email .

Download the meeting summary of Sustainability Summit Part 1

KC-BANCS STEM Scholars mentioned in U.S. Veteran Magazine

posted Aug 29, 2013, 9:10 AM by Alexis Petri

KC-BANCS was recently mentioned in the national U.S. Veterans Magazine in the online "Opportunities" section. Read the article, which features veterans programs funded by the National Science Foundation:

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KC-BANCS Welcomes New Participants

posted Aug 22, 2013, 10:50 AM by Alexis Petri

KC-BANCS has worked with 127 participants and each fall, after summer break, looks forward to welcoming back STEM Scholars. This year, KC-BANCS is recruiting 30 new STEM Scholars as the program enters its fifth year. Are you a person with a disability interested in a STEM career? Are you in college or planning to go to college next semester? Become a STEM scholar! Sign-up online and a transition navigator will contact you.

STEMup! College & Career Bootcamp August 8

posted Jul 24, 2013, 9:14 AM by Alexis Petri   [ updated Jul 24, 2013, 9:33 AM ]

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Have you heard of STEM Scholars?
Join us Thursday, August 8 for a free open house recruitment event

Get involved in the final year of a groundbreaking project
Learn how to get started on a STEM career while finishing your degree
Meet other students and learn how to make the most out of college
Bring a friend and you might qualify for a $20 Amazon gift card
Parking is free and light refreshments will be served

Register Online Today!

When? Thursday, August 8, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Where? UMKC Institute for Human Development, 215 W. Pershing Road, 6th Floor, Bowman Room, Kansas City, MO 64108 (Parking & Directions)
Questions? Contact the KC-BANCS team at 816.235.1760 or

STEM jobs account for about 1 in 5 Kansas City area jobs

posted Jun 24, 2013, 9:11 AM by Alexis Petri

A recent article in the Kansas City Star has good news for students majoring in STEM:

About one in five jobs in the Kansas City area and nationally require specified knowledge in science, technology, engineering or math.

According to a study released Monday by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, half of all so-called STEM jobs nationally require a bachelor’s degree.

The percentage requiring at least a bachelor’s degree is slightly higher – 52.2 percent – for STEM jobs in the Kansas City area, partly because of the high percentage of engineering companies.

Based on 2011 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the new report said the importance of STEM jobs in the economy has been somewhat hidden. That’s because the growing need for technical expertise in “blue-collar” jobs sometimes has been left out of STEM economic impact studies.

“Many nonprofessional jobs in manufacturing, health care, construction and mining industries could be considered STEM jobs,” Brookings said.

The report said nearly one-third of STEM jobs were filled by “craft professionals,” such as workers in the construction or vehicle maintenance trades.

‘University attendance is not the only path to a STEM career,” said Jonathan Rothwell, the report’s author.

Nationally, there were about 26 million STEM jobs, with about 193,120 in the Kansas City area, the report said. Those jobs paid well compared to non-STEM jobs.

For the metro area, the report said, the average pay for STEM jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree was $80,680, compared to $64,128 for non-STEM jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree.

Also, for STEM jobs requiring an associate’s degree or less, the average pay was $52,680, compared to similar non-STEM jobs’ average of $32,801.

Brookings researchers put those numbers in context, noting that the 2011 median household income for the Kansas City area was $53,376. (The median means that half of the area’s households earned more and half earned less.)

“Job growth, employment rates, patenting, incomes and exports are all higher in STEM-oriented economies,” Rothwell said.

His report ranked the Kansas City area as the 26th largest location of STEM jobs out of 100 metro areas in the nation. STEM jobs, as a share of total metro Kansas City area employment, ranked 39th out of the 100 areas studied.

For the Kansas City metro area, the ten largest STEM industries were, in descending order: Health diagnostics and treatment; computers; finance; construction; engineering; health technology; business operations; operations specialties; vehicle and mobile mechanics, installation and repair; and “other” management.

The report said more than 99,000 jobs in the Kansas City area required specified knowledge in engineering. In general, engineering jobs provided the highest average wages among STEM occupations requiring specified knowledge.

By a wide margin, the most common STEM occupation requiring less than an associate’s degree was in the nursing field.

Maker Faire KC this weekend!

posted Jun 24, 2013, 7:05 AM by Alexis Petri

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Maker Faire: Kansas City celebrates things people create themselves — from new technology and electronic gizmos to urban farming and “slow-made” foods to homemade clothes, quilts and sculptures. This family-friendly event demonstrates what and how people are inventing, making and creating. It brings together Makers, Crafters, Inventors, Hackers, Scientists and Artists for a faire full of fun and inspiration. Come see what others are making and be inspired to tap into your own creativity!

Want to make Kansas City a better place?

posted May 13, 2013, 6:54 AM by Alexis Petri

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On June 1 and 2, join fellow coders, artists, organizers, writers, and makers to code, draw, organize, envision and plan out how to make a better Kansas City.

Saturday, June 1, 2013 9:00 AM until Sunday, June 2, 2013 5:00 PM
Union Station
30 W Pershing Rd Kansas City, MO 64108

This is a free event!
To register:

We need coders, artists, organizers, writers, and makers ... anyone who wants to volunteer a weekend to meet other cool people and make a better Kansas City. The National Day of Civic Hacking fits perfectly into the Kansas City spirit: roll up our sleeves, get involved, and work together to improve our metro. No coding skills are necessary!

Where & What
The festivities will be held at Union Station. There will be two main components to the event running 9 am to 5 pm both days:

  • Civic Tech Expo
  • Civic Hackathon: Write about your neighborhood, design something beautiful, code something awesome—all for a better KC!
Click here for more information

Countdown to STEM Talks: Register Today

posted May 8, 2013, 8:53 AM by Alexis Petri   [ updated May 8, 2013, 12:33 PM ]

Join us for STEM Talks 2013, a KC-BANCS event taking place on Tuesday, May 21. STEM Talks is an invitation-only event bringing together students, veterans, STEM employers, KC area higher education, and student support services for a day of learning and dialogue.

This year's focus is 21st Century Skills - what they are, why they matter, and how higher education can help.

The 3-hour program will feature a series of student and business speakers followed by community conversations.

Register at:

Questions or suggestions? Contact the KC-BANCS team at 816.235.1760 or

STEM Talks 2013
Tuesday, May 21
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
ArtsTech Event Space
1522 Holmes Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
(Free off-street parking)

Continental breakfast will be served

Nuts & Bolts: Digging into Study Guides

posted Apr 22, 2013, 5:57 AM by Alexis Petri   [ updated Apr 22, 2013, 7:30 AM ]

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The next in our popular Nuts & Bolts faculty workshop series is coming soon, so register today!

Geologist Janet Raymer shares a gem of a solution she uncovered after digging into this problem for her 5 credit-hour Physical Geology class. Her strategy? Have students work in groups to make study guides for their lecture and lab tests. Come learn how to use this strategy to make learning more manageable in your class.

Thursday, May 2, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
MCC-Blue River Campus, Room EC 105
RSVP: Jodi Arnold, 816.235.5450,

Nuts & Bolts Workshop: Taming Textbooks

posted Feb 4, 2013, 2:01 PM by Alexis Petri

Help your students appreciate the discipline, practice, and development needed for intense reading and study of science, a "language in itself." This session will discuss textbooks and reading, focusing on Physical Sciences: applying the Scientific Method to reading strategies, understanding and mastering Science Vocabulary, emphasis of specific vocabulary terms, and emphasis of scholarly processing.

Presenter: Jan Rog
Friday, February 15, 2013
1:30 pm -2:30 pm
MCC-Longview Campus Center, Room CC255

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